Dying in Game: What’s the Weirdest Way to Go?

It was Nietzsche that wrote, "What does not kill me makes me stronger". In reality, that's regularly true. When it comes to videogames, it really depends on how you are about to be killed. In some cases, dying is part of the learning process. In other games, your demise will only result in a minor punishment, or have… » 2/26/15 6:53am 2/26/15 6:53am

How Historically Accurate is Skyrim? Part 5

Skyrim is doomed. The "hero" I have created isn't really focused on saving the day. They have spent more time picking flowers and catching butterflies than they have spent killing dragons. We've meandered into so many caves and caverns, distracted by so many side quests, that I'm not sure how far down the main story… » 2/19/15 8:35am 2/19/15 8:35am

Does History defend the tradition of Male Protagonists?

I enjoy finding parallels between Gaming and History, and the treatment of gender in each field shows some commonality. Within the realm of videogames, gender is a topic of debate/discussion/angry rants all of itself. The representation of women is continuously dissected and revaluated. It's not something that should… » 2/04/15 5:24pm 2/04/15 5:24pm

How Historically Accurate is Skyrim? Part 4

There's lots of things I enjoy about over-analysing Skyrim, and the responses I get are a big part of that. There are a pleasingly small number of people that misread the title and my intentions ("Oh sure, the game with dragons is veeery accurate…"), and a fantastic number of readers willing to add their own knowledge… » 1/28/15 3:00pm 1/28/15 3:00pm

What Zelda Items would improve other videogames? (A Blog Revisited)

Now I won't say that I offered inspiration to the latest Call of Duty… because I obviously didn't. What I did do was suggest a change to the game franchise that kind of, sort of, made it into the game. Which I think we can all agree is still pretty impressive… if you're easily impressed. A year ago, I stated that Call… » 1/21/15 5:15pm 1/21/15 5:15pm

Simple Fun: How do you Enjoy Playing Videogames?

As the New Year begins, reflection of the Old Year takes precedent. The World Wide Web is awash with Top and Bottom lists of Games from 2014. The general consensus seems to be that last year saw a few excellent games hovering above a majority of… games of a significantly lower calibre. Big promises were left… » 1/15/15 12:00pm 1/15/15 12:00pm

How Historically Accurate is Skyrim? Part 3

When I first asked the above question, I didn't think I'd be able to write a third part. I was so sure that as I trundled further into the fantasy landscape, less historic details would present themselves. As magic and mythical beasts become increasingly prevalent, I expected to spot fewer references to the real… » 1/07/15 5:15pm 1/07/15 5:15pm

Animal Weapons – Videogames vs History

If you want a game to look zany, turn any animal into a tool for destruction. The creature might be the weapon itself, useful for bludgeoning, or it might be the ammunition that you fling or fire at your confused opponents. Either way, animal weapons are usually delightful. On the other hand, animal weapons in History… » 12/11/14 3:23pm 12/11/14 3:23pm

The Gunblade – Video Games vs. History

Whilst I would never consider myself a violent man, I find weapons fascinating. Whether they are a work of fiction or non-fiction, I see them as curious inventions that say a great deal about our species. Our History is full of strange and striking creations of war. It's when Fantasy and Reality collide that things… » 11/20/14 2:58pm 11/20/14 2:58pm

How Historically Accurate is Skyrim?

I began to play Skyrim for the first time last week. After finally jumping onto the bandwagon the game loaded me into a much more literal wagon, and announced that I was to be executed; a bad way to start a Wednesday evening. I was then told that another passenger was the true 'High King' of Skyrim. "That's… » 11/12/14 1:00pm 11/12/14 1:00pm

Gamer-Teacher: "Trigger Words" for Gamer Distraction

"Legionary: a professional soldier in the Roman Army." Those were the words that appeared on my whiteboard above a picture of a Roman soldier wielding the iconic Gladius and Scutum. Before the lesson could begin, one student pulled an inquisitive face and asked: "isn't that what the bad guys are called in Destiny?". » 9/25/14 5:13pm 9/25/14 5:13pm

​Which Game Characters would help you Move House?

A month ago, I moved into my new home. The house is a big project in itself, with lots of renovation work and plenty of TLC required. Between the DIY and the new school term, I've had very little time to game in the last few weeks. That hasn't stopped me thinking about video games, which is how we've arrived at the… » 9/17/14 2:46pm 9/17/14 2:46pm